Beautifully illustrated histories of Maritime courthouses

This book is a well-written, beautifully illustrated addition to the history of architecture in the Maritimes, profiling public buildings that many of us pass every day without noticing as true gems.

Building for Justice Maritime courthousesBuilding for Justice is more than a simple recounting of the history of Maritime courthouses here in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; it is also an excellent primer on our judicial system. Before getting into the meat of his subject matter, Charlottetown lawyer Jim Macnutt takes the reader on an informative tour of the development of the roots of our laws and courts in the English system before moving on to their Canadian counterparts.

The heart of the book is devoted to informative histories of the 25 Maritime courthouses profiled. Outstanding full-colour photographs by Kevin Farnsworth accompany a detailed description of the exterior and interior of the courthouses, with several images of each building.

This book is a well-written, beautifully illustrated addition to the history of architecture in the Maritimes, profiling public buildings that many of us pass every day without noticing as true gems.

Building for Justice – The Historic Courthouses of the Maritimes
By James W. Macnutt, Q.C.
$24.95, paperback, 192 pp.
SSP Publications, 2015

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John Boileau lives near Halifax and writes historical non-fiction, especially military history. He has written eleven books and more than 450 magazine and newspaper articles. His latest book is Old Enough to Fight, Canada’s Boy Soldiers in the First World War, co-authored with Dan Black.

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